Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta

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Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe is shredded chicken and pasta tossed together in a creamy tomato sauce. Set it, forget it and enjoy it! Add this to your dinner rotation.

Chicken Pasta

Chicken Pasta Recipe

This recipe for Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta has turned into a staple at our house, mostly because it takes so little time to throw together, my kids devour it and so does my husband. After the first few bites right out of the crockpot, Gordon was like “wow, this is actually really good.” I’m just a professional recipe developer but whatever…. don’t sound so surprised.

Main Ingredients

This is not an ordinary chicken pasta recipe, this is a delicious slow-cooked crockpot chicken pasta recipe. With a handful of ingredients and a tiny bit of time, you’ll have dinner cooking all day and ready when everyone’s hungry. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Onion and Garlic – a great base of flavor for any Italian dish.
  • Chicken Tenders – I would recommend using chicken without the bone in them to save you time. If that’s all you have, you can use it, just don’t forget to remove the bones when shredding.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste.
  • Marinara Sauce – use your favorite brand of marinara or use homemade marinara.
  • Cream Cheese – creamy tangy goodness. If you are worried about curdling see my quick tips about crockpots below.
  • Italian Seasoning – Italian Seasonings vary! Pick one you like, or use your own combination of basil, oregano, and thyme.
  • Bay Leaves – used for its flavor but removed after cooking and before stirring in the pasta.
  • Pasta – you can use any sort of pasta here. I wouldn’t recommend adding pasta to your crockpot mixture, it turns out gummy and gross. Always prepare pasta separately then mix together once the sauce is done.

Love Chicken Pasta? Try these out next: Creamy Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti RecipeGarlic Chicken & Kale Spaghetti, and Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Fettuccine Alfredo.

Chicken Pasta

How to make Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta

  1. Add diced onion, garlic, chicken breasts, cream cheese, marinara sauce, and some seasonings into a cold crockpot. (Here’s a helpful tip from a reader, spread a bit of marinara down on the bottom of the crockpot before layering the chicken. This helps prevent sticking. Proceed to add in the rest of the ingredients).
  2. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours. If your crockpot runs hot, you might want to check the chicken for doneness at 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, remove, shred and return back to crockpot. At this point remove the bay leaves as well. Stir to melt cream cheese into sauce completely.
  4. Toss with freshly cooked pasta and serve.

Side Dishes

This is a heavy on the carb and fats kind of dinner. So if you are looking to lighten things up, try these healthy side dishes that pair perfectly with chicken pasta.

Chicken Pasta

Leftovers

Any chicken pasta leftovers you might have can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave in intervals, occasionally stirring until heated through.

Tips for Cooking Crockpot Recipes

  • Know your Crockpot! Some run hot, some run cold. This is largely dependent on when it was manufactured and how well it has lasted. If you have an older slow cooker, those tend to run real HOT! Knowing your Crockpot can help you with your cooking times and knowing when your food is done. You don’t want your dinner to scorch the bottom, so cook a few things first to get to know your crockpot.
  • Be careful when cooking with dairy. This chicken pasta recipe calls for cream cheese. If left too long in the crockpot at too high of a heat, it will curdle. The same goes for milk, cream, or greek yogurt. If you’re worried about curdling because your crockpot runs hot, try cooking at the low setting for a longer period of time OR stir the dairy in at the end. For this recipe, once you shred the chicken and add it back into the marinara, stir in the cream cheese and melt it into the sauce. It should work just as well!
  • Use the right Crockpot size. From 2 to 8 1/2 quarts, there seems to be a Crockpot for every recipe out there! A good rule of thumb is only filling it 1/2 to 2/3’s full to ensure proper cooking.

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The printable recipe card is below, have a great day!

4.8 from 30 votes

Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta

Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe is shredded chicken and pasta tossed together in a creamy tomato sauce. Set it, forget it and enjoy it! Add this to your dinner rotation.
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.25 pounds chicken tenders
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 25 oz marinara sauce one jar
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb pasta

Instructions

  • Add diced onion, garlic, chicken breasts, cream cheese, marinara sauce, and some seasonings into a cold crockpot.**
  • Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours. If your crockpot runs hot, you might want to check the chicken for doneness at 2 1/2 hours.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove, shred and return back to crockpot. At this point remove the bay leaves as well. Stir to melt cream cheese into sauce completely.
  • Toss with freshly cooked pasta and serve.

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Notes

*Lots of Italian Seasonings vary! Pick one you like, or use your own combination of basil, oregano and thyme.
**Here’s a helpful tip from a reader, spread a bit of marinara down on the bottom of the crockpot before layering the chicken. This helps prevent sticking. Proceed to add in the rest of the ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken pasta, crockpot pasta, italian chicken pasta

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228 Responses
  1. Jill Niver

    This recipe looks amazing! Perfect for an easy weeknight meal when you are craving some comfort food. Gotta make ASAP. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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  3. Kam

    5 stars
    Delicious (according to my daughter)
    This was made for 2 people as i’m a vegetarian. So I halved all the ingredients, except the garlic (I actually added a lot more), Italian seasoning and bay leaves.
    I also added the dry pasta to the crock pot with initially 2 cups of water and cooked on high. It took 3 hours. I did check on it regularly and had to add more water (about 1 more cup) but i’ll have to experiment to see exactly how much it needs before i’m comfortable to leave it to cook knowing there’s enough water in it.
    Husband liked it too. He prefers spicier food but said it was tasty (I cant keep cooking spicy every day for him lol)

  4. John

    5 stars
    Wife cooked pasta according to your recipe, it was very tasty. Interested in how much these pasta calories? Because I work as a freelancer and over the past year I have had problems with being overweight, which is why I went to the gym and now I do not eat more than two thousand calories a day. I will be very grateful for the answer.

  5. Regina

    Made this in a large skillet instead of a crockpot. Soften garlic and onions. Added and cooked chicken. Then added marinara, seasonings and cream cheese. Finally, added cooked pasta. Worked out great. So if you suck at planning ahead, like I do, this dish will still work lol.

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    1. Lauren

      I don’t think the ricotta would work…it has a grainy texture and wouldn’t add creaminess. If you like the texture of ricotta, then go for it. And yes, chicken breasts would work.

  7. Erica

    If I made this on the stove top instead of the crock pot will the sauce still turn out good? What about if I left out chicken and added cooked beef?

    1. Lauren

      I probably wouldn’t just because there is so much extra moisture in frozen chicken…the recipe might turn out watery 🙂

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  9. Amanda

    5 stars
    Simply awesome, supermarket didn’t have tenderloins so just used chicken breasts. YUM! Thanks for such a delicious, easy recipe😄

    1. Lauren

      I think you could, but that seasoning has a tendency to be quite salty. So, I would omit the salt & pepper, just to be sure it’s edible!

  10. Brittany Osenkarski

    5 stars
    This was excellent! I used bow tie pasta for my family and zucchini noodles for my low carbing self! This is definitely in the dinner rotation!

    1. Lauren

      I’m not quite sure how that would taste with the marinara. Plus the coconut milk is much thinner in consistency than the cream cheese. If anything, I’d try a vegan cream cheese. Tofutti brand is a good one that I’ve used for vegan cream cheese frosting.

  11. Heather

    5 stars
    This was a hit. I made some changes, as I normally do to recipes. I really wanted sausage and pasta so I added sausage to the crock pot with some chicken tenderloins. I also Had 1/2 a jar of pasta sauce in the fridge to use, so I added that in addition to the sauce the recipe called for. It also lacked veggies, so I added a bag of raw spinach (after the meat was cooked) and also sautéed some mushrooms and added those too. It was perfect. Thanks!

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  13. Jateice

    5 stars
    I made this for my daycare children the other day. All 8 between 8 months and 5 years loved it.

    I even sent some leftovers back to work with my mom who nursed her child over lunch break. All her coworkers were like “what is that amazing smelling” and “where did you get that from.”

    This one is staying in the rotation for sure.

  14. Melissa

    5 stars
    Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! I was looking for a chicken slow cooker recipe last night and was limited to recipes that called for ingredients I had on hand. I ended up cooking it for 8 hours on low and it was delicious!

  15. Allycia

    Making this right now, a little concerned about the comments saying the cream cheese curdled, but I can’t wait to try it!!! I will make sure to post how it turned out!

    1. Lauren

      The cream cheese probably curdled because it was overcooked. All crockpots are different, based on when they were manufactured. Once the chicken is cooked, you can stop cooking, shred the chicken and add the pasta.

  16. Emily

    Hi! I’m confused about the cream cheese since the instructions say to add it to the crockpot with the ingredients and then to later add the melted cream cheese?

  17. Sonia Billadeau

    5 stars
    We just made this last night and it was delicious! My husband is a tomato sauce kind of guy and I am an Alfredo sauce junkie. Having the tomato sauce and cream cheese together blended our pasta worlds together, Hahaha. We will be making this again. Thank you!

  18. Katie

    I’m curious, has anyone tried this recipe in the oven or stovetop instead of a crockpot? If so, at what temperature and for how long?

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